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Underlying causes of workplace back pain

One relatively common type of physical condition underpinning workers’ compensation claims is a back injury and associated back pain. There are a number of factors that tend to give rise to back issues among North Carolina workers.

Common causes of back pain arising from the workplace

When it comes to workers’ compensation claims arising from back injuries and associated pain, three common causes of this type of issue exist. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes are:

  • Force
  • Repetition
  • Inactivity


A force-related back injury associated with a workers’ comp claim tends to occur in one of two different ways. First, a back injury resulting from force can occur when a person lifts a heavy object. Second, this type of injury and associated pain could arise when an individual moves a heavy object from one place to another.


Certain types of repetitive movements can result in back injury and pain. These involve the continual twisting or rotating of a person’s spine as part of an individual’s job tasks or duties.


At what might be considered the other end of the physical activity spectrum, being sedentary in the workplace can result in back pain. If a person’s job necessitates doing something like sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, issues with his or her back can arise. This particularly is the case is a worker is provided a poorly or inadequately designed chair.

If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may want to protect your legal interests by retaining the services of an attorney. The first step in the process is scheduling an initial consultation and case evaluation.